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9 Indoor Toys That Will Burn Off Your Toddler’s Energy

Have a toddler that seems to have endless amounts of energy? Worried about how you’re going to burn some of that energy off when your stuck inside this winter?

Of course, in an ideal world, we would get our toddlers outside to play everyday. But sometimes, it’s just not possible. Whether that be due to bad weather, an illness, or maybe you just can’t get your toddler to put on any clothes and it’s only 40 degrees outside (yup, I’ve been there). So what can you do with your high-energy toddler, so that you both don’t go stir crazy?

Listed below, are 9 indoor toys that will be sure to burn off some of that toddler energy.


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9 Indoor Toys That Will Burn Off Your Toddler’s Energy 

1.) Stepping Stones

These stepping stones are super high on our wishlist. Spread them out on the floor, and your little one can step or hop from one to the next. I like this particular set, because the steps come in different sizes and heights. There’s also rubber footings on the bottoms to prevent them from sliding. Add in a tunnel and a slide at the end, and bam, you have a complete obstacle course.

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2.) Little Climber 

The Little Climber (also commonly known as a Pikler Triangle) is the ultimate toy in our house. My 2 year old loves climbing up and down it, and my 8 month old has been using it to pull himself up to standing. It’s really amazing to watch how it works the connection between movement and brain development.

Each Little Climber comes with a ramp with your choice of either a ladder or a rock wall, each with a wooden slide on the other side. I love how it folds right up for easy storage, which is key in our little house.

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3.) Wooden Indoor Climbing Dome


If you have the space, this wooden climbing dome would be awesome to have.  Especially, if you have multiple young children in your home. It builds muscle, burns off energy, and develops spatial awareness. Your little monkey will have loads of fun developing their acrobatic skills!

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4.) Indoor Trampoline

Both my littles LOVE to jump, so an indoor trampoline was a no-brainer. We have this exact model, and have been very pleased with the quality of it. It seems very durable and even I  can use it. It’s also foldable, portable, and easy to assemble. This is a great option if you have little space to work with.

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5.) Yoga Bear Book

Okay, so not technically a toy, but this little yoga book is so much fun. Each page has a new animal and pose to do with a little phrase to read. This book has quickly became a favorite in our house, and our toddler makes sure we do it each night before bed (and usually multiple other times throughout the day as well). My toddler loves pretending to be the animals, and I love that I get some stretching in too! Such a great way to introduce yoga to your toddler.

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6.) Wooden Balance Board

This wooden balance board would be great for older toddlers to expend their energy on. It’s perfect for developing gross motor skills, body awareness, and of course, balance. It’s not just a balance board though; It can also be used as a seesaw, a slide, a car ramp, a boat, a doll bed, a tunnel, and whatever else your little may imagine.

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7.) Ball Pit/Basketball Hoop/Tunnel

Ball pits are a classic, and now your littles can enjoy one without you even having to brave the cold. With this ball pit/basketball hoop/tunnel combo, your toddler is sure to burn off some of that energy. I’d get a bag or two of balls to go with this set. We like these ones because they’re BPA and phthalate free.

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8.) SoftZone Playset

Your little one can climb, crawl, slide, and somersault with this play set. They’ll have fun moving and exploring, and you’ll have peace of mind knowing that it’s nice and cushioned. Plus, it’s GREENGUARD certified, making it a great non-toxic option.

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9.) Rocking Boat / Bridge

This wooden rocking boat calls for hours of fun! The ship seats up to 4 children, but can also fit your favorite stuffed animal friends. 😉 Turn it over, and it becomes a bridge with stairs to climb. This open-ended toy develops gross motor skills, but also encourages imaginative play.

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What About You? 

How do you burn off that crazy toddler energy? Does your little enjoy any of the toys listed above? Comment below with your favorite energy-burning toy and be sure to share this post with other toddler moms.

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